If you ever experienced sinus problems in Central Florida, you know they can be painful, causing headaches and pressure, easily ruining your day. You are not alone, over 37 million people are affected by sinusitis every year in the United States.

Preventing sinus infections and keeping them healthy, may be healthier than you think.

Moisture

The air conditioning removes the moisture out of the air, drying out nasal membranes. Use a room humidifier to add humidity to the air. Ensure it doesn’t become a source for sinus issues by cleaning it out daily.

To help open up nasal passages, apply warm, moist washcloths or inhale steam, a couple of times a day.

Drink plenty of fluids

Drinking 6 glasses of water a day can help promote good sinus health, reducing pressure, congestion, and help mucus flow well through your sinuses.

Avoid allergens

Our mucus transport system is affected by contaminated air, allergens, and pollutants. Decreasing its effectiveness and causing pressure and congestion.

Avoiding pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, and other allergens, can reduce congestion and allergy related issues. Reduce them by keeping windows closed (especially during high periods of pollens) and using the air conditioning. HEPA air filters to help remove airborne particles.

Underlying cause of sinus issues

If you are one of those people who seem to have more sinus problems than others or frequent infections, there may be an underlying cause. Allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, deviated septum, and narrow sinus passage, can all affect the severity of sinusitis. Some medical conditions can make it difficult to fight off sinus infections, such as autoimmune disease and diabetes.

Know where you can get help

If your symptoms persist for over a week, it may be time to see a specialist for help. An Ears, Nose, and Throat doctor or otolaryngologist, specializes in treating frequent and chronic sinus problems.

There are several treatments available to help you experience a better quality of life. Contact Orlando Ears, Nose & Throat for more information.